Magic Ice, Oslo

Magic Ice, Oslo

Magic Ice is found in four towns in Norway (and also in Anchorage, Alaska, Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland) The photos here were taken in Svolvær, in Lofoten in the North of Norway but the concept is much the same at each location.  On entry you are given a warm robe and gloves as the temperature is several degrees below zero Celsius.  Then a drink at the Ice Bar and afterwards you have fun wandering round the ice-blue rooms filled with ice statues.
The Oslo Magic Ice is right in the centre of Oslo.

Opening times:
Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00
Friday and Saturday till midnight.

Admission price is NOK 195,- which includes a welcome drink served in an ice glass and a winter poncho to wear in the exhibition hall. Children pay 50% and there are discounted prices for families and students

Ice-cream in Vollen

Ice-cream in Vollen

Especially in the summer season, there are lots of places where you can enjoy some delicious Norwegian ice-cream in Vollen village. Here are some we recommend:

In the picture below, Sofie is enjoying a BIG soft ice from Vollen Marina sports shop.  This is the store where you can buy sailing equipment, clothes, hats and lots more good quality articles for summer sports.

Of course there is an assortment of delicious ice cream desserts at Vito’s Restaurant just behind her in the picture.  Vito’s is open from April to late autumn and is the place to buy take-away pizza and other Italian meals, or have a meal or drink inside or out while watching boating life.

The closest place to buy ice-cream when you are down at the beach in Vollen, is in the Fjord Museum. On your way up or down from the beach, you might like to enjoy a delicious ice-cream in the Greek restaurant, Elea, just across the street from the supermarket.  However it is cheapest to buy ice-cream in REMA 1000 supermarked – look for special offers of boxes of six.

Café Oscar in the village centre, sells ice-creams as well as lots of wonderful cakes and bakes. The soft-ice machine has an exciting strawberry soft-ice as well as the usual vanilla!  Below Liam is enjoying some soft-ice in March… looks as if he’s enjoying it!

Hunderfossen Family Park with lots of trolls!

Hunderfossen Family Park with lots of trolls!

For those traveling north from Oslo, the Hunderfoss Family Park, about 3 hours by car from Vollen, at Lillehammer, is just great for children, big and small.  There are dozens of great activities for each age group but perhaps this park is most famous for the big Fairytale cave where children and adults can enjoy reliving some of the most famous fairytales, involving princesses, kings, princes and TROLLS!

You will find lots of information about the park throughout the year and also about the Hunderfossen Snowhotell on the Hunderfossen website

Kardemomme Town in the Zoo park near Kristiansand

Kardemomme Town in the Zoo park near Kristiansand

Kristiansand is too far for a day trip from Vollen but if you are driving the coast road to Stavanger, and have small children, this is a fun destination.  A few kilometers outside the city of Kristiansand, there is a Zoological park which is very well worth a visit. However this park is also famous for its replica of Kardemomme town. Kardemomme By is one of the most loved children’s story books in Norway.  It’s full title in English is “When the robbers came to Cardamom Town” and it would be hard to find a child here who could not sing some of the songs in the story.  The main theme is “You should not bother others, you should be nice and kind, and otherwise you may do as you like.”
But this is a story with lots of fun, laughter and drama – including a lion, a midnight raid of the town angry woman, a fire and a town party.  During the summer you can visit the houses, meet the characters and even join in a tram ride or watch a theatre play of the story.

You will find lots of information about the Kardemomme town and the zoo park on the website

Tusenfryd Amusement Park

Tusenfryd Amusement Park

Tusenfryd Amusement Park

Tusenfryd Amusement Park is open from spring to autumn.  In 2019, the park opens on the 27th April. During May, the park is open only at weekends and on public holidays but you must always check opening times and also if the park is closed for special arrangements.

Kayaking on the Oslo fjord

Kayaking on the Oslo fjord

Kayaking on the Oslo fjord

At Bærum Maritime Senter, 15 minutes drive from Vollen, you can rent kayaks between March and November.  Opening hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 – 18:00 and Saturdays & Sunday 10:00 – 16:00.  Kayaks can be rented for two hours or 24 hours at a time. Kayaks must be picked up within opening hours, but can be returned at a time that suits you. Season passes are also available.

Rental price: 2 hours: NOK 350,-  24 hours 500,- and weekend 1000,-
Booking by telephone 907 39 009 or e-mail <br.thorsvik@gmail.com>

Bærum Maritime Centre is located at Solvik Marina at Høvik west of Oslo, and the surrounding area is ideal for kayaking. It is possible to spend the night on many of the nearby islands.